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 Anonymous
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05/07/2010 10:52 pm  

Greetings Lashtalians,
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I was just looking for a few views and opinions regarding the Golden Dawn Invocation Crowley gave in the Book Of Thoth. First of all, I've read the Tarot for a few years, but never in depth, being that I've never bothered with anything other than the Celtic Cross spread. Upon purchasing the Thoth deck last autumn, I'm feeling inclined to try out different spreads with it, and trying methods outlined in the Book of Thoth.

I've put the invocation in use, but would feel a lot more comfortable doing so in the action, knowing more about IAO, and HRU. Since it's a Golden Dawn invocation, I'm assuming IAO is meant to be the Tetragrammaton, or INRI, so if HRU is the angel set over the operations, would that be in a Gnostic, or Enchian sense?(especially since IHVH is used in one of the spreads)

I'm more concerned, really, with the Thelemic significance, and Crowley mentioned in TBOT in vital triads, The 3 Gods of IAO, 0.The Holy Ghost, I. The Messenger, IX. The Secret Seed. Since the Three Demiurges are also mentioned as a triad, are we still considering the Gnostic significance, or even with Osiris, Isis, and Apophis?

I've also found IAO as a referral to the divine name of Tiphareth, so in that case, would we be invoking Tiphareth as a Godhead, and if so, would HRU be an angel of Tiphareth? Like said, I'm more concerned with exactly who I'm invoking, preferably in the Thelemic sense, considering I'm using the Thoth deck. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

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 Anonymous
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06/07/2010 8:10 am  

93 Khephra,

in my understanding the IAO formula relates to INRI and LVX as it refers to life, death and (re)birth, the continuing cyclic pattern of existence. All three formulas are known from the BRH (Banishing Ritual of the Hexagram) of Golden Dawn origin. From a Thelemic perspective this would make the formula old-aeonic, on the other hand Crowley has made use of the IAO formula himself.

http://www.thelemapedia.org/index.php/IAO#IAO_as_a_magical_formula

The Divine Name of Tiphareth is in my understanding YHVH Eloah Ve Daath and the Angel is Raphael. There are some authors (like Israel Regardie) who hint at a possible replacement of the god-form of Tiphareth with the gnostic IAO, but these hints are rare and not well founded IMO.

The Enochian Angel Hru is mentioned in Golden Dawn rituals like the "Consecration of the Vault of the Adepti", but nowhere explained. I'm at loss with Hru myself. Liber LXXVIII states "HRU The Great Angel is set over the operations of the Secret Wisdom" but nothing more.
I do however not see HRU as angel of Tiphareth as this position is already occupied. I rather view 'him' as a kind of 'general purpose' angel.

Hope I could help a little...

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Frater_HPK
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07/07/2010 3:57 am  

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

Hru? Mybe one of the names of The Angel of the Golden Dawn, for example?

Love is the law, love under will.

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 Anonymous
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07/07/2010 5:17 am  

See " Magick in theory and Practice" and the chapter, " Formula of IAO" if you havn't already. Interesting question 😆


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 Anonymous
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07/07/2010 6:59 am  
"Azrael193" wrote:
See " Magick in theory and Practice" and the chapter, " Formula of IAO" if you havn't already. Interesting question 😆

93!

Thank you Azrael193,

two things become clear:

1.
There is a connection between the IAO formula and Tiphareth:

It will now be understood that this formula of I A O is a formula of Tiphareth. The magician who employs it is conscious of himself as a man liable to suffering, and anxious to transcend that state by becoming one with god.

2.
Regarding the use of IOA as an old-aeonic formula the same chapter clearly states:

This formula, although now superseded by that of HORUS, the Crowned and Conquering Child, remains valid for those who have not yet
assimilated the point of view of the Law of Thelema.

Yes, the angel Hru appears in Golden Dawn texts, but that seems to be almost all that we know!

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 Anonymous
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07/07/2010 8:06 am  

93

Cheers for the responses everyone. From what I gather from the Golden Dawn invocation, IAO is a reference to the Tetragrammaton, with the formula INRI. Since Master Therion reconstructed IAO to satisfy the new conditions of Magick with the Aeons, I'll include that in the invocation.

Thank you for pointing out that the Angel of Tiphareth is Raphael, Eilthireach, I completely overlooked that. I think I may adopt the view of HRU being a general purpose angel myself, of course being the one set over the operations of the Secret Wisdom.

Once again, thanks for the responses.

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 Anonymous
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07/07/2010 8:27 am  

Dear Khepra,

Crowley also identifies this very same G.D. Tarot "angel" HRU with Horus (Heru) explicitly in at least one place, in context, though I am presently unable to indicate exactly where. It's there somewhere though.

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Frater_HPK
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07/07/2010 4:45 pm  

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

Raphael is more specific , as far as I know, connected with the state of Tiphareth called Rachamim. Hru is the name of the Angel connected with his Ruach. And please note that both HUA and HRU are notarikons.
The real question here, in my opinion, is why Crowley used the name of Golden Dawn Angel for Thoth Tarot? Doas this means that old Golden Dawn and Astrum Argentum share same Angel?

Love is the law, love under will.

Bozidar

Bozidar


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07/07/2010 4:59 pm  
"Eilthireach" wrote:
in my understanding the IAO formula relates to INRI and LVX as it refers to life, death and (re)birth, the continuing cyclic pattern of existence.

Sure, and I'd add that IAO is the most sexual (or sexualized by Crowley) formula of those three. See chapters 23 and 61 of The Book of Lies for more commentary (in addition to the MITP chapter cited above).


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 Anonymous
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08/07/2010 2:05 am  
"Noctifer" wrote:
Crowley also identifies this very same G.D. Tarot "angel" HRU with Horus (Heru) explicitly in at least one place, in context, though I am presently unable to indicate exactly where. It's there somewhere though.

Aplogies for the vague reference above, I chanced upon it anew somewhat absent-mindedly this morning.

It's in The Book of Thoth (of course!), The Aeon, p. 125:

"It should, by the way, be noted that the name Heru* is identical with Hru, who is the great Angel set over the Tarot. This new Tarot may therefore be regarded as a series of illustrations of The Book of the Law, the doctrine of that Book is everywhere implicit."

chrz
N.

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*Heru = Horus


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 Anonymous
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09/07/2010 3:04 am  

The greatest trick Thoth ever played was hiding his Book in plain sight...

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...for those with eyes to see.


φ = ½(1+√5)

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VI=XV


V=XIV: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myth_of_Osiris_and_Isis#The_coffin_and_14_parts

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Chuck
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17/02/2017 1:59 pm  

I almost never read anything casually. My third read-through of The Book of Thoth was, as usual, purposeful: “What concrete use can I gain from this particular pack of cards that might enable me to be of even greater service to my fellow earth travelers?”

Here’s a little about me that might help you evaluate and trust what you are about to read. Since nobody pays me for this, I am, at best, an amateur occultist, but have been seriously studying and working as a sole practitioner within this sphere since the mid-1970s. I have never knowingly affiliated myself with an organization that claims to be in alignment or harmony with any of the endeavors to which Crowley dedicated his life. So what you are about to read is, at least in that light, virginal and completely innocent of human, political or organizational influences.

Crowley - the man - was amazing. Physically robust and talented enough to be a serious candidate for a team of climbers planning to assault a particularly difficult mountain, he was disqualified at the last minute because the team saw him as too self-directed, too much of an independent soul, too convinced of value of his life (I dare not call it cowardice) to risk his “all” should a mutual emergency along the route demand it.

This proved to be true much later as evidenced by his failure to act in behalf of those in his Sicily experiment. The overwhelming evidence of his life is that, in the final analysis, Crowley was always about Crowley; the rest needed to fend for themselves.

Though potentially seriously off the mark, this essay borrows part of its thesis from a popular series of movies initially intended predominantly for children: Harry Potter. His arch enemy was the troubled and dangerous young student named Tom Riddle renamed Lord Voldemort. So that they could be stashed away in physical vessels, he fractured his soul into many pieces. The movie called each vessel a Horcrux. Crowley knew he needed to be more canny than a fictional character, so he chose a more ethereal vessel.
I suggest that while traveling let’s call it “in the astral”, he discovered and came to fully trust an entity that would filter out all the useless material and carry forward all he deemed of value and appropriate for his next incarnation. The initials of the entity are HRU.

Trying to sound knowledgeable, some postulate that HRU is an Enochian angel. The Enochian system derives from The Book of Enoch, which clearly states that it is to be used as a philosophy, a system of thought. Unless you are willing to equate human thought with angelic beings, that cannot be valid.

By limiting that section of text to include only initials without any explanation anywhere else, he knew that every time readers followed those directions without question, he hoped it would renew the energy stream he established with HRU, allowing him to sidestep another apprenticeship and emerge from the next womb as a fully charged master.

Thanks for the selfish tip Alastair; but HRU gets no energy from me while actuating the IAO formula. Having willingly forsaken humanity, it’s your turn to fend for yourself without me. Instead of invoking HRU, I prefer using “Plan B”, which is finding a kindred force (energy, spirit - name it what you will) that’s in alignment and harmony with my endeavor to better the world.

I humbly encourage you to do likewise.

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17/02/2017 4:12 pm  

Hi Chuck,

You wrote: I prefer using “Plan B”, which is finding a kindred force (energy, spirit – name it what you will) that’s in alignment and harmony with my endeavor to better the world.

"Plan A" is always slavish imitation of established procedures. It is common in Outer Orders, when one is gaining control of his/her being as expressed by their personality (persona), and involves doing the Libers, or doing what some guru says to do, or (gasp) following some religious injunctions and prohibitions. Plan A is for beginners, and that beginning can be a year or two, or it may begin but never end in a lifetime.

"Plan B" is as you describe it. One does their own discovery (perhaps using some of Plan A's tools) and discovering names and associations through one's own methods. This Plan, varying with each individual, is appropriate to the Inner Order.

"Plan C," of course, is proper to the Supernal Order, and should require no Angelic or Demonic intervention, what with one's (none's?) endeavors being accomplished directly by Intuition, or Gnosis (Jnana), or perhaps Indifference.

I used to use the hand-held-over-the-cards invocation, "I invoke the great angel HRU to set his hand invisible upon this deck that we might perceive the truth of the matter."

I never noticed any presence or phenomena. The reading were always very accurate, and I was operating at a professional (paid) level.

But the results were the same, even when I did NOT invoke said HRU.

Also, I have always wondered why the angel HRU is spelled the same as the god HRU (Heru), a modification of Horus, and Hoor, and all the other derivatives of the hawk-headed Lord. Qabalistically, the two seem related.


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Jamie J Barter
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20/02/2017 1:33 pm  

@Chuck :

Thanks for the selfish tip Alastair; but HRU gets no energy from me while actuating the IAO formula. Having willingly forsaken humanity, it’s your turn to fend for yourself without me. Instead of invoking HRU, I prefer using “Plan B”, which is finding a kindred force (energy, spirit – name it what you will) that’s in alignment and harmony with my endeavor to better the world. I humbly encourage you to do likewise.
Thank you, athough the name is of course spelt Aleister not Alastair! And I would also query the accusation of his "having willingly forsaken humanity", and furthermore suggest that the concerns of a "Voldemort"-type conspiracy are possibly a little unnecessary. I agree with the previous posters however that this is rather an interesting question, albeit one defibrillated from a thread nearly seven years old (I can never understand though, people's snootiness and general looking-down-their-noses about doing so, since much excellent material lies dormant within just waiting to be re-engaged with, & especially in times of drought where there is a dearth in terms of not much new being raised in fresh discussions.)

I always thought that 'HRU' was the best, as in the most direct, means of acccessing and forming the magic{k}al link for the purposes of divination with the 93 Current vis-a-vis the energy of Horus by meands of vocally pronouncing that Word (rather than e.g.Heru or Hoor in his secret name and splendour. There also happens to be a passing resemblance to the resonance of the ullulatory cry of HRILIU.) Nonetheless, there do remain curiosities and anomalies around the selection of this particular "angel", and the specific relevance of the (V)IAO(V) formula to the issue is also most germane.

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How local are we talking about?! & Would being in the same solar system count!? 🙂 And er, accepted without charge for what...

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